Gov. Umahi blames illegal miners for APC youth leader, policemen’s deaths


Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has put the blame of the deaths of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Youth Leader in the state, Mr Ogochukwu Elem, and two policemen at the doorsteps of illegal miners.

Elem and the officers in his company died on Saturday in a lone auto-accident at Enyigba, near Abakaliki, the state capital on their way from a function.

Umahi accused illegal miners of causing the death of the trio saying the vehicle the deceased were occupants in plunged into a 20-meter long ditch dug by unscrupulous miners.

The governor said, “The victims were attending a function but we do not know the cause of the plunge which could not be stopped by the barricades around the pit dug since 20 years ago.

“We pray God to judge the victims fairly and commend all those who worked since Saturday, Aug.14 to ensure a successful evacuation.”

“My Chief of Staff, who doubles as the Commissioner for Solid Minerals, Chief Samuel Okoronkwo, should ensure the identification of all pits dug for mining purposes.

“We would identify those who dug the pits and commence their re-claiming by Aug. 23.”

Continued: “Our roads are being destroyed by these miners who take our minerals away at night, aided by our people and some unscrupulous security agents.

“We would be tough on such actions subsequently as these miners explore our mineral resources but fail to remit proceeds to the people.”

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